Computer-Assisted Reporting / Edition 1

Computer-Assisted Reporting / Edition 1

by Brant Houston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312132603

ISBN-13: 9780312132606

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

This concise handbook provides an accessible guide to the esentials of computer-assisted reporting, It gives a practical overview of database managers, spreadsheets, and the various on-line resources used to produce news stories.

The first text of its kind, Computer-Assisted Reporting, A Practical Guide can be used as the ultimate tool for a journalist

Overview

This concise handbook provides an accessible guide to the esentials of computer-assisted reporting, It gives a practical overview of database managers, spreadsheets, and the various on-line resources used to produce news stories.

The first text of its kind, Computer-Assisted Reporting, A Practical Guide can be used as the ultimate tool for a journalist beginning in CAR, as well as a primary reference for the CAR veteran. Emphasizing the most useful tools in on-line reporting, it springboards journalists into the computer age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312132606
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.68(d)

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Table of Contents

PREFACE XI
1 HIGH-TECH JOURNALISM: WHAT COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING IS AND WHY JOURNALISTS NEED TO USE IT
1(11)
The Basic Tools
6(1)
Trial and Error, and Repetition
7(1)
Where You're Going
8(2)
Practical Advice
10(1)
Chapter Summary
11(1)
2 COMPUTER BASICS: TRANSLATING THE TECHNICAL INTO THE PRACTICAL
12(11)
Columns and Rows
13(2)
Operating Systems
15(1)
Boxes Inside Boxes
16(1)
Technospeak
17(2)
Modems and Networks
19(2)
A Helpful Hint
21(1)
Chapter Summary
22(1)
3 SPREADSHEETS: CONQUERING NUMBERS
23(28)
Becoming Friendly with Numbers
24(3)
Learning Addresses
27(5)
Percentages
32(3)
From Horizontal to Vertical
35(3)
Comparing the Parts to the Sum
38(3)
Sorting the Results
41(2)
Per Capita for Meaning
43(4)
Charts and Graphs
47(3)
Chapter Summary
50(1)
4 DATABASE MANAGERS: GOING FROM THE ROLODEX TO MATCHMAKING
51(23)
Selecting and Searching
56(2)
Criteria and Filtering
58(1)
Sorting
59(1)
Criteria and Wildcards
59(1)
Boolean Logic: And, Or, Not
60(1)
Grouping
61(2)
Matchmaking
63(3)
Enterprising Matchmaking
66(2)
Building Your Own Database
68(5)
Chapter Summary
73(1)
5 A FEW WORDS ABOUT STATISTICS: A BRIEF FORAY INTO SOCIAL RESEARCH TOOLS
74(30)
Three Ways of Looking at Data
76(3)
Standard Deviation
79(1)
Frequencies
79(5)
Descriptive Statistics
84(7)
Crosstabs
91(12)
Chapter Summary
103(1)
6 EVERYTHING BUT THE INTERNET
104(29)
What's Out There?
106(1)
Difference between Library Researchers and Journalists
107(1)
Newspaper Clips
107(1)
E-mail
108(2)
Governmental Databases
110(4)
State and Local Databases
114(1)
Commercial Bulletin Board Sources
115(17)
Chapter Summary
132(1)
7 GETTING STORIES FROM THE NET
133(21)
The World Wide Web
136(4)
Searching
140(6)
Listservs and Newsgroups
146(7)
Chapter Summary
153(1)
8 OBTAINING DATABASES: LOCATING, NEGOTIATING, AND IMPORTING
154(16)
Finding Data
155(4)
Obtaining a Database
159(1)
What Particular Information Do You Need?
159(1)
Record Layout
160(2)
Computer Tapes
162(2)
Privacy
164(1)
High Costs
165(2)
Importing Databases
167(2)
Chapter Summary
169(1)
9 DIRTY DATA: PITFALLS AND SOLUTIONS
170(16)
Record Layout
171(1)
Record Layout Miscues
172(2)
Header-aches
174(2)
Meaningless Codes
176(1)
Sorry, Wrong Number
177(1)
Mainframe Misery in Numbers and Letters
178(2)
Offensive Characters
180(1)
Parsing
181(1)
Two Rules
182(1)
Dirty Data
183(2)
Chapter Summary
185(1)
10 GETTING GOING: STRATEGIES FOR STORIES
186(7)
Start Small
186(1)
Build Your Own Database
187(1)
Match the Database to Your Knowledge
188(1)
The Minimum Story
188(1)
Keep Up with Other Reporters' Work
189(1)
Integrate Databases into Your Daily Work
190(1)
Find a Partner
190(1)
Become Familiar with the Computer Field
191(1)
Look for Tips
191(1)
Get Excited
191(1)
Chapter Summary
192(1)
APPENDIX A CHOOSING EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE 193(2)
APPENDIX B PLACES TO START ON-LINE 195(3)
APPENDIX C AN EXAMPLE OF GETTING INTO AN ON-LINE GOVERNMENT DATABASE 198(1)
APPENDIX D REQUESTS FOR ELECTRONIC INFORMATION 199(3)
APPENDIX E GETTING STORY IDEAS FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING 202(1)
APPENDIX F STRUCTURED QUERY LANGUAGE 203(2)
SPREADSHEET EXERCISES MICROSOFT EXCEL 205(10)
SPREADSHEET EXERCISES QUATTRO PRO FOR WINDOWS 215(13)
DATABASE MANAGER EXERCISES MICROSOFT ACCESS 228(14)
DATABASE MANAGER EXERCISES MICROSOFT FOXPRO 242(16)
DATABASE MANAGER EXERCISES PARADOX FOR WINDOWS 258(17)
GLOSSARY 275(4)
INDEX 279

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